Frequently Asked Questions
Applying online through LSAC is strongly preferred, but you can email [email protected] for a paper application. If you submit a paper application, the processing time will be longer.
More information about the Application Procedure can be found here.
Can I apply to the full-time and part-time programs at the same time?
No, you can only apply to one program per admissions cycle. If your original application is declined, you may email [email protected] to request to be reconsidered for the alternate program.
How much is the application fee?
The application fee is $75.
Does Fordham Law offer fee waivers?
We offer need-based application fee waivers. In order to apply, please fill out the fee waiver application. In addition to the form, please include a copy of one of the following documents: (1) Pell award letter, (2) Most recent W-2, or (2) Current pay stub. Completed fee waiver applications and supporting documents should be emailed to [email protected]
We also provide fee waivers for those who have served in the U.S. military, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In order to be considered for a service-based fee waiver, please submit a letter of service to [email protected] With the exception of current and former members of the military, eligibility for a fee waiver for these programs will apply only to those individuals whose start date of service was within the last five years (start date 2017 to present).
If approved for a fee waiver, you will be granted a fee waiver code via email so you can apply electronically through LSAC. Please be aware that we receive many fee waiver requests and review/administer them on a rolling basis. After you submit the required documentation, it can take a week or so to receive your code.
Fee waiver requests for Fall 2022 applications will be accepted between September 1, 2022 and March 14, 2023 (we encourage applicants to submit their fee waiver documents sooner rather than later). Fee waiver codes expire on our deadline (March 15, 2023).
We do not offer: (1) Merit-based fee waivers; (2) CAS report fee waivers; or (3) Fee waivers for transfer applicants.
Full-time and part-time applications for Fall 2023 will be accepted between September 15, 2022 and March 15, 2023.
Transfer and visiting applications for Fall 2023 will be accepted between March 15, 2023 and June 15, 2023.
The Spring 2023 application for visiting applications will open on October 15, 2022. Spring enrollment is only open to visiting students.
Does Fordham Law have an Early Action program?
We have a nonbinding Early Action program for the full-time and part-time programs. To qualify, you must apply with a completed application by October 15. If you do this, you will be automatically considered for the program. You don't need to indicate you're applying Early Action anywhere on the application. Any applicant who abides by these guidelines will receive a decision by December 15.
An Early Action decision can be: admitted, denied, or held. If your application was placed on hold, the Admissions Committee will conduct a second review of your file in February (likely toward the middle of the month). At that time, you will receive another decision: admitted, denied, or waitlisted. While it's not required, you're welcome to submit additional materials before your application is reviewed again in February. Please read our Follow-Up Procedures for details.
Does Fordham Law have an Early Decision program?
No, we do not have an Early Decision program.
How long does it take to process an application?
Generally, applications are processed within two weeks. After applying, you will receive access to an online status checker. We recommend keeping an eye on the status checker to see when your application becomes complete. If the status checker indicates your application is incomplete, we recommending emailing [email protected] to see what's missing.
When can I expect a decision on my application?
We make decisions on a rolling basis — in the order in which applications become complete — so it's advantageous to apply sooner rather than later. Applicants will receive decisions approximately 8-10 weeks after their applications become complete. Applicants can check their status via the online status checker. After an an application becomes complete, the next status an applicant will see is a decision (which will be accompanied by an email).
Please note: we continue to make decisions after our deposit deadlines. If you're admitted after a deposit deadline, you will receive your own deadline.
Does Fordham Law accept transfer students?
Yes, transfer applications for Fall 2023 may be submitted between March 15, 2023 and June 15, 2023. More information about the transfer process can be found here.
Does Fordham Law accept visiting students?
Yes, we accept visiting students in the fall and spring. Note: visiting students are the only students who can enroll in the spring. For Spring 2023, applications for visiting students may be submitted between October 15, 2022 and December 15, 2022. If you would like to visit during a summer or winter session, please contact Registrar at [email protected] or 212-636-6800 for more details. For Fall 2022, applications for visiting students may be submitting between March 15, 2023 and June 15, 2023.
More information about the visiting process can be found here.
Does Fordham Law offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers?
No, we do not offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers.
Does Fordham Law require English proficiency testing for international applicants?
No, we do not require English proficiency testing for international applicants. The only test we require is the LSAT.
Does Fordham Law have spring enrollment?
Aside from visiting students, we only enroll full-time, part-time, and transfer students in the fall.
Does Fordham Law offer applicant interviews?
Due to our large applicant pool, we are unable to offer evaluative interviews.
What are the median LSAT and GPA for admitted students?
The entering full-time day class for 2022 had a median LSAT of a 167 and a median GPA of a 3.73. The entering part-time evening class for 2022 had a median LSAT of a 163 and a median GPA of a 3.60. These numbers are as of August 25, 2022. For more information, such as 25th and 75th LSAT and GPA percentiles, please visit the selection criteria section of our website.
Do you have any recommendations for LSAT prep?
Khan Academy is the Official LSAT Prep. LSAC also has other prep resources on their website.
Can I apply before I've taken the LSAT?
Yes. If you apply and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will automatically be held until we receive your score. Even if you have an LSAT score on file and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will still be held. To release the hold and move forward with your current LSAT score(s), please email [email protected] with your request.
What's the last LSAT Fordham Law is accepting for Fall 2023 applications?
The last LSAT we're accepting for Fall 2023 applications is February 2023. However, we encourage applicants to aim for an earlier test date so they can apply sooner rather than later.
How long is my LSAT score valid for?
Five years. Expired LSAT scores will not appear on your CAS report. For Fall 2023, applicants must have taken the LSAT on or after June 2017, but no later than February 2023. More information about LSAT scoring can be found on this section of LSAC's website.
Does Fordham Law accept the GRE?
Fordham accepts the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. The Fordham Law GRE code is 3329. You must fill out the "GRE only" application on the LSAC.org website. Please note that, if you take the LSAT, we will use that score when evaluating your application, even if you submit a GRE score. If an applicant has a GRE only score on file for the review process but then decides to take the LSAT, their application will be subject to reevaluation based on the updated LSAT score. We do not accept GRE scores more than five years old.
What type of majors does Fordham Law look for?
We admit students from all types of backgrounds — from political science to biology to performing arts and everything in between.
Is there a specific topic for Fordham Law's personal statement?
The personal statement should demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and concisely. While the topic is up to you, experience shows the most successful personal statements are the ones that develop a sense of the person and their values, aspirations, and concerns. A discussion of the unique contributions you would likely make to the student body, the legal profession, and ultimately the larger society would also be well received. Personal statements should not exceed two double-spaced pages. We cannot consider additional materials, such as video/audiotapes, term papers, theses, dissertations, articles, memoranda of law, legal briefs, etc.
What types of letters of recommendation should I submit?
Letters from current or former professors are preferred. If you graduated five or more years ago, professional letters are acceptable. While we require two letters, you can submit up to four.
Can I submit an addendum to my application?
Yes, you can include an addendum as part of your application. If you've already applied and would like to include an addenum, please email it to [email protected] PDFs are preferred.
How can I check the status of my application?
After you apply, you will receive access to an online status checker.
What does it mean if my application was placed on hold? Is there anything I can do?
If your application was placed on hold, the Admissions Committee will conduct a second review of your file in February (likely toward the middle of the month). At that time, you will receive another decision: admitted, denied, or waitlisted. Please note: if you applied for Early Action and your application was placed on hold, that constitutes as a decision. While it's not required, you're welcome to submit additional materials before your application is reviewed again in February. Please read our Follow-Up Procedures for details.
Does Fordham Law utilize a waitlist?
Yes. The size of the waitlist varies from year to year and it's not ranked. Admission from the waitlist can occur as early as the end of May and as late as August during the week of orientation. The waitlist process is very fluid and we cannot predict the number of offers we will make each year.
Can I add documents to my application after I've applied?
Yes, please read our Follow-Up Procedures.
We grant binding one-year deferrals on a case-by-case basis. We only grant two-year deferrals if you have made a commitment to a program with a two-year time frame (i.e. Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.).
Can my application be reconsidered if I wasn't offered admission?
If you were not offered admission, you can request reconsideration of your application. Please email [email protected] with your request and indicate the division you would like to be reconsidered for. Please be aware that the reconsideration process take place in August.
Does Fordham Law offer tours of the law school campus?
Details surrounding tours can be found on this section of our website.
Will Fordham Law visit my school?
Please visit this section of our website to see which recruitment events Fordham Law will be participating in.
Can I meet with an Admissions Officer?
Unfortunately, in-person office hours are still suspended in adherence with Fordham's COVID protocols. If you'd like to speak with an Admissions Officer, please call 212-636-6810 during normal business hours (weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET). No appointment is necessary. You can also schedule an appointment for Zoom Office Hours.
Can I speak to an Admissions Officer on the phone?
Yes, you're welcome to call 212-636-6810 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays to speak with an Admissions Officer. No appointment is necessary. You can also register for Zoom Office Hours.
Does Fordham Law host information sessions?
More information about information sessions can be found on this section of our website. You can also view our recruitment calendar to see other events Fordham Law will be participating in.
Does Fordham Law offer housing to students?
On-campus housing is available a McMahon Hall. Admissions will contact admitted students in June to ask if they're interested in living on-campus. Off-campus graduate housing is also available at Wilshire Plaza. Students interested in living off-campus should contact Graduate Housing at [email protected] Most students secure their own off-campus housing in NYC. Learn more about students' living situations in our 2022 Housing Guide.
Which courses are required at Fordham Law?
A list of required courses can be found under section IV on the Academic Regulations page of our website.
What are my chances of being admitted?
While we can't tell you your chances of being admitted, please be aware that we take a holistic approach to the admissions process and consider all of aspects of an application (as detailed in the application procedure section of our website). You can also read more about our selection criteria.
How many credits are needed to complete the JD program?
What does a typical schedule look like for full-time students?
Full-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Full-time students will be assigned four classes — Legal Writing & Research and three other fundamental classes.
What does a typical schedule look like for part-time students?
Part-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM. Part-time students will be assigned three classes — Legal Writing & Research and two other fundamental classes.
First-year classes can range anywhere from 16 to 80 students. As a 1L, you're assigned to a section consisting of approximately 40 other students. Some 1L classes will be only your section (approximately 40 students). Other classes will be two sections combined (approximately 80 students). Legal Writing & Research will be 16-18 students.
As an upper-class student, the majority of your classes will be under 25 students. More information can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.
What is the student to faculty ratio?
More information about student to faculty statistics can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.
Does Fordham Law offer any dual degree programs?
Yes, we offer three dual degree programs: JD/MBA, JD/MSW, and JD/MA (International Political Economy and Development). More information about these programs can be found here.
Does Fordham Law have study abroad programs?
Yes, we have semester/year programs and summer programs.
Do Fordham Law allow prospective students to sit-in on classes?
Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are only able to allow admitted students to sit in on classes. If you’re an admitted student, please email [email protected] with your request.
More information about tuition can be found on the Tuition and Cost of Attendance page of our website.
Does Fordham Law offer scholarships?
Yes, more information about scholarships can be found on the Fordham's Financial Aid page of our website.
How many students receive scholarships and what do they typically amount to?
The latest scholarship statistics can be found in our ABA Standard 509 Information Report.
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Am I eligible for admission if I was academically dismissed from another law school?
No, regardless of the time of dismissal.
If I'm not admitted, can I reapply?
Yes, you're welcome to reapply the following cycle. We encourage reapplicants to update their resume, personal statement, and/or letters of recommendation.
Where can I find the Bar Admissions Requirements?
The American Bar Association (Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (JD) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. For more information, contact the American Bar Association.
Can I request a viewbook to be sent in the mail?
Right now, we have very limited access to the Law School due to COVID-19. We would recommend taking a look at our digital viewbook. Quick Facts and program-specific brochures can also be read online (see "Discover more about Fordham Law" toward the bottom of the page).
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